Nice is the second most popular tourist destination in France next to Paris. Its cosmopolitan atmosphere, the beaches, the architecture, as well as the sunny Mediterranean climate make it a must-see destination. Here are some suggestions as to how you can spend a day in Nice.
Morning: Stroll Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard, is one of the top tourist attractions in Nice. The 6 km long boulevard is lined with palm trees with large pavements on one side and the Baie des Anges on the other. It is full of bars and restaurants where tourists can stop for lunch or a drink.
The promenade has something to offer everyone. The south way is laid out with cycle paths and footpaths with plenty of the bike stands. The legendary blue lounge chairs of the promenade give strollers the opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy the view of Baie des Anges.
Whilst here, visitors have the opportunity to visit some of Nice’s top attractions – the Phoenix Park, Museum of Asian Arts, Palais de la Mediterranee and Hotel Negresco, can all be reached from the promenade.
Afternoon: Visit Musée Masséna & The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicolas
Musée Masséna is located at 65 rue de France/35 promenade des Anglais and gives a good idea of Nice’s history from the 19th century to the 1930s. The building is a fantastic aristocratic villa built in 1898 and set in beautiful and historic gardens. It’s free to visit and open daily, except for on Tuesdays, from 10am to 6pm.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicolas is one of the great French Riviera sites. The cathedral was built in the early 20th century by order and with the support of Tsar Nicholas II, in view of servicing the constantly growing Russian community of Nice. The ornate exterior of this onion domed building is a clear mark of the Russian architectural style, the cathedral being easily distinguishable in Nice as an atypical structure. The inside contains a vast collection of icons, decorative woodwork and items of huge historical value, in part moved from Russia to Nice during the troubled times of the Russian Civil War. Open daily 9am-noon & 2-6pm, entry is free.
Evening: Be entertained in Vieux Nice, the opera or a casino!
Vieux Nice is the city’s vibrant old town, with narrow cobblestone streets and pastel coloured buildings. It is the best place for evening entertainment with a huge choice of bars and restaurants.
The Nice Opera House oozes class and elegance. The opera is the perfect place to end your day, with a fabulous variety of cocktails and wines to choose from and shows that will provide you with an unforgettable experience.
If you’re feeling lucky there are two big casinos in Nice on the Promenade des Anglais, the Casino Ruhl overlooking the sea and the Palais de la Méditerranée, a nine-floor luxury casino hotel complex.